GO HERE: The Mountains are Calling
by Amy Schlotterback of the Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center
Looking to take your summer hiking to new heights? The Rogue Valley has no lack of sweet peaks worth bagging for the adventurous spirit. For directions to the trailheads visit summitpost.org.
Grayback Mountain, Siskiyous: This 4.5 mile hike outside of Cave Junction boasts an elevation gain of 2,300 feet eventually topping out as the highest peak in Josephine County at 7,055 feet. This incredible hike features a palette of rich old-growth conifer diversity and abundant wildflowers in late spring or early summer. Scramblers will delight in larkspur, phlox, trillium, Indian paintbrush, avalanche lily, and pasque flower near the summit.
Sanger Peak, Siskiyous: If craggy, remote peaks are your jam, then this 5,862 foot peak visible from the Illinois Valley has likely been in your eye for some time. Fairly rugged on most sides with numerous serpentine and granite outcrops and cliffs, this short 3 mile round trip summit is sure to excite the rock hound in you!
Mount Thielsen, Cascades: Dramatically climbing upwards 2,200 feet in a near vertical fashion, this mountain boasts awe-inspiring views stretching all the way to the waters of Crater Lake. Four miles of hiking will take you to the West Ridge where you can scramble another mile to the summit of this most impressive spire.
Mount McLoughlin, Cascades: The highest peak in southern Oregon, and the highest point in the Cascade Range between the Three Sisters and Mt. Shasta, this 9,495 foot summit is a serious undertaking. Although steep and strenuous the view from the top is certainly worth the excursion.